LondonUnlocked

Newslinks: a bumper edition of London's latest transport news

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We'll kick off with this:

"I am pleased that we have now got agreement from all four unions on our proposals for how we can fairly reward staff over the London 2012 Games.

"I know our staff are keen to play their part in the Games and, now that we have agreement across the board, we can all look forward to focusing on supporting a fantastic summer of sport and cultural events in London."

– HOWARD COLLINS, LU CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (via ITV News)

Political news

  • The Mayor has re-jigged his top team further, with Kulveer Ranger departing to 'go travelling'. Cycling responsibility has now passed to Deputy Mayor for transport Isabel Dedring [Evening Standard].

Expanding Routes

  • Thames Clippers have been appointed to run river services between Putney and Blackfriars for the next five years [MayorWatch].
  • The Evening Standard carries a sneak peak of the Emirates Airline. No word as to whether it will be open for the Olympics yet.

Hammersmith Flyover

  • In other good news, the Hammersmith Flyover has reopened following five months of repairs [BBC].
  • Hammersmith and Fulham Council are making the argument for its replacement to be a tunnel.

IT

  • A new service has launched allowing Oyster users to view their journey history and paid fares in far greater detail than before [Guardian].
  • An app has been released by Recyclebank (in collaboration with TfL) to encourage people to walk or cycle short distances rather than driving or using public transport [Re:Route].
  • The introduction of NFC and open-loop contactless cards on the transport network have been delayed [NFC World].

Airports

  • The Mayor has warned that he sees the Government as trying to 'long grass' their airports review [PA].
  • Niall Mills looks at the willingness of pension funds to back the Mayor's plans for 'Boris Island' [Financial News].

Maps

  • Wheelchair user John Thornton has put together a map of accessible Tube stations (via Londonist ).
  • The London Transport Museum is running a fantastic exhibition until the end of October: Mind the Map.
  • Boing Boing looks at the idea that the world's underground rail systems are converging to an 'ideal' form.